Sylvester: Who’s The Real McCoy?

Sylvester McCoy’s life story to be brought to the screen

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Sylvester McCoy will tell his extraordinary life story in a very special film as a part of his 80th birthday celebrations.

Entitled Sylvester: Who’s The Real McCoy?, the film sees McCoy telling his remarkable life story on screen — the first time he has released any kind of memoir — and the first ever movie project from Film Stories.

He explores his youth growing up in Dunoon, his training to be a priest, and how he made the jump from working in the city of London to a life of performance.

There are the adventures in the Ken Campbell Roadshow, his journeys around the world, and – of course – his life as the universe’s most famous Time Lord in Doctor Who, and his time in Middle Earth across The Hobbit movies.

McCoy also candidly tells the story of losing his father just before he was born, his mother’s mental health battles, and growing up with family members in the absence of his parents.

The film is centred around a specially-filmed new interview and conversation with McCoy, as well as materials from his personal archive.

There is a sporting chance that the playing of spoons may be involved too.

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The Film Stories and Whynow production is executive produced by Sylvester McCoy and Clare Eden and is produced and directed by Simon Brew.

Sylvester: Who’s The Real McCoy? is currently in post-production. Release details will be announced soon.